Recent Quinnipiac graduate Eric Hartzell has signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, as announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. According to the Penguins' website, the two-way deal runs through the 2014-15 season.
Hartzell signed with the Penguins earlier this year after his completing his playing career at Quinnipiac. The 6-4 goalie from White Bear Lake, Minn. became the first Bobcat to play in an NHL game when he was on the bench for Pittsburgh's 3-1 win against Ottawa on Apr. 22.
As a senior, Hartzell earned several accolades, including USA Hockey College Player of the Year, ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and ECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Goalie of the Year. In addition, he was a Hobey Baker Memorial Award "Hat Trick" Finalist and was honored by USCHO.com as its Player of the Year.
Hartzell also broke the Quinnipiac single-season and career goals-against average and save percentage marks, while also breaking the single-season and career shutout records in the process.
This season, Hartzell led Quinnipiac to its first NCAA Frozen Four as well as the most wins (30) in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey. The Bobcats also posted the longest unbeaten streak (21 games) in the nation this year while also capturing the ECAC Hockey Regular-Season Championship, the Cleary Cup.